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Bootle 17, the Prince's chancellor, made a most long and stupid speech; afterwards Sir Robert called to him,' Brother Bootle, take care you don't get my old name.' 'What's that?' 'Blunderer.'
You can't conceive how I was pleased with the vast and deserved applause that Mr. Chute's brother, the lawyer, got: I never heard a clearer or a finer speech. When I went home, 'Dear Sir,'said I to Sir R., 'I hope Mr. Chute will carry his election for Heydon; he would be a great loss to you.' He replied, 'We will not lose him.' I, who meddle with nothing, especially elections, and go to no committees, interest myself extremely for Mr. Chute.
Old Marlborough18 is dying—but who can tell! last year she had lain a great while ill, without speaking; her physicians said, 'She must be blistered, or she will die.' She called out, ' I won't be blistered, and I won't die.' If she takes the same resolution now, I don't believe she will.
Adieu! my dear child: I have but room to say,
Yours ever.
Wednesday night, eleven o'clock, Dec. 16, 1741. Remember this day.
NOTTS voila de la Minorite! entens-tu cela ? h<§ ? My dear child, since you will have these ugly words explained, they just mean that we are metamorphosed into the minority. This was the night of choosing a Chairman of the Committee of Elections. Gyles Earlel (as in the two last Parliaments) was named by the Court; Dr. Lee2, a civilian, by the
17  Sir Thomas Bootle, Chancellor to the Prince of Wales.
18  Sarah,   Duchess   Dowager   of Marlborough.    WaXpole.—Widow of the great Duke of Marlborough: d. 1744.
LETTER 56.—* G-yles Earle, one of the Lords of the Treasury. Walpole.
2 George Lee, brother to the Lord Chief Justice; he was appointed one of the Lords of the Admiralty on the following change, which post he re-